The movie, alongside novels such as Opening Bell written by Maureen Sherry, emphasize the ramp sexism in the industry. There are many hopes that these stories will provoke a real discussion.
“When is it my f***g year?”
The line that you probably have heard cited from Equity, one of the most memorable films of the summer – one of the top quality movies ever filmed about Wall Street – is the hymn of the actor, Anna Gunn, of eulogy to the joys of money.
“I really do love money”, Gunn acknowledged, who played the role of investment banker Naomi Bishop. “Do not allow money to become a dirty world.”
But when this call resonates – she convinces a group of young ladies that there is nothing bad in being rewarded for being hard-bitten, gifted and working two times harder as men around them – it is lacking the power and energy charged by fierce Bishop to her boss, the international head of the equities at the investment bank in which she works. He is under retirement and she wants to get his job and she is sure that she deserves it.
So, what’s the problem? In spite of the fact that she is a bank’s top performer, Bishop has suddenly lost to a competitor bank. And now everybody wants to discuss what went wrong.
Two decades passed since one the worse occasions of discrimination and harassment against Wall Street women buzzed the newspapers. So what happened is actually sexual harassment that became almost common for women working in trading offices in Shearson Lehman in Garden City, New York.
Shearson Lehman is now part of Citigroup, lumped $150m to settle the claims. Together with other banks it did best that it could to make their place look attractive for women to work there.
Judging by the recent novel Opening Belle by Maureen Sherry, it actually did not work.
The female lead character, Belle, tries to fight for her equal rights and payment and she is the only one who ventured to raise such issues for discussion.
Many cases are settled without public involvement. Anyway discrimination, whether it is light or evident is still a reality. The same refers to harassment.
It should also be noted that when these women become famous, they do not do so in large Wall Street companies.
According to Sherry’s view of the world, several wise women on Wall Street’s risk committees might have stopped some of the chaos of financial collapse. In Equity, Bishop reveals to be a strong investment banker who takes any measures to provide fundraising for her customers to receive money from investors to entrepreneurs.
Perhaps all this will provoke a serious discussion about women on Wall Street instead of becoming more like propaganda.